Home Remedies For Boils

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What Are Boils?

One of the several dreaded skin problems that teenage people are afraid of is the painful boil. It is a sore that often starts in a hair follicle or oil gland, and initially turns the skin red in the area of the infection. Soon a tender lump develops and in about four to seven days later the lump starts turning white as pus collects underneath the skin.

Although, it is generally appears on the face, neck, armpits, shoulders, and buttocks, it may also attack eyelid (sty). You should also know that if several boils appear in a group, this is a more serious type of infection called carbuncle.

[Read: Ayurvedic Anti-acne And Anti-aging Facial Recipe]

What Causes Boil?

Almost more than half the number of causes of boil is because of the bacteria called staphylococcal. This germ enters the body through tiny nicks or cuts in the skin or can travel down the hair to the follicle.

However, one’s health condition is also accountable for this painful sore skin condition. Sickness or disorders like diabetes, immune system problems, poor nutrition, poor hygiene and exposure to harsh chemicals that irritate the skin are few of the conditions that help provide the body the room to nurture boils.

Boils can lead to certain peculiar symptoms like fever, lymph nodes may swell, and more.

Home Remedies for Boils

Indian Lilac (Neem)

One of the widely used plant in India – ‘Neem’ also called by the name of Indian lilac, is one of the home remedies for boils. The antiseptic, anti-microbial and anti-bacterial properties of Neem help treat boils and many other types of skin infections.


Make a paste of Neem leaves by grinding it and simply apply it on the affected area. Moreover, you can also boil Neem leaves in water until the quantity of water reduces to one-third. Now use this water to rinse the affected area.

Black Seed

The medicinal properties of black seed can give some relief from the pain caused by boils and acts as a quick boil remedy.


Grind a couple of black seed until it becomes a paste. Apply this paste on the affected area. You may also apply black seed oil on the boil. Add one-half teaspoon of black seed oil to a cup of hot or cold drink. Drink the mixture twice a day for several days.

Bread Poultice

Bread poultice is also widely used as natural remedy for boils.


Take a piece of bread and soak it in warm milk or warm water. Now put the soaked bread on to the boil for a few minutes. This will help bring a boil to the head and reduce inflammation. The heat from this compress will also help increase circulation, sending more infection-fighting white blood cells to the site of infection. Repeat twice daily until the boil is healed completely.

Tea Tree Oil

Very much like Neem, Tea tree oil has also got antibacterial, anti-fungal, and antiseptic properties. If you use tea tree oil regularly, it will speed up the healing process.


Firstly, dab a clean cotton ball into the oil and then gently apply it directly onto the boil. Repeat it couple of times in a day.

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Turmeric is a natural blood purifier and has anti-inflammatory properties that can be very helpful in the treatment of boils.


Boil one teaspoon of turmeric powder in a glass of milk or water. Drink it three times a day for four to five days. Also make a paste out of equal amounts of fresh ginger and turmeric and apply it onto the boil and cover it with a clean cloth.


Onions have antiseptic chemicals with antimicrobial properties and can be used for treating boil.


Take a thick slice of onion and place it over the boil. Wrap it with a cloth to draw blood and heat to the boil and leave it on for a few hours. Repeat the process a couple of times a day.


Garlic which has antibacterial, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties in it can also heal boil.


Make a paste from two to three fresh garlic cloves and apply it onto the boil. Heat one garlic clove and place it onto the boil for about 10 minutes several times a day.

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Danielle Cabello Aguilar
Danielle Cabello Aguilar 5pts

A hot cloth of course to draw the puss to the top, tea tree oil has worked wonders for me I mean like just a little dap on a q-tip and a band-aid and then it's gone a couple of days later, or you could get some ointment and put some in your nose (yes I know it sounds weird) but putting ointment on the area and in your nose works wonders too.

Tanya Ribblett Marchika
Tanya Ribblett Marchika 5pts

My daughter had one that wouldn't go away until a homeopathic nurse told me to pour salt (sea) on it and cover w/gauze & bandage.....changed 2 times a day for about a week. Salt drew out the pus and infection when antibiotics didn't help. I couldn't believe it actually worked!

Oum Malik Saida
Oum Malik Saida 5pts

My son gets these and I read putting a cloth in hot water and applying on boil followed by alcohol wipe is best

Erica Nagorcka Ne Jackson
Erica Nagorcka Ne Jackson 5pts

Without fail, tea tree oil x first gently burst head of boil, immerse cotton pad in tea tree oil and dab, hygienically dispose of cotton bud and cover burst boil with band aid!

Cherryll LaFond
Cherryll LaFond 5pts

It's a very powerful oil which dates back to biblical times

Ayurveda 5pts

Thanks for sharing the point :)

Cherryll LaFond
Cherryll LaFond 5pts

Castor oil,is one of the best natural remedies for a boil,it heals and prevent it from coming back quickly

Mary Basilonia
Mary Basilonia 5pts

If you want more natural healing don't hesitate to ask me, am willing to help...

Ayurveda 5pts

Narmadha Rajalakshmi Thanks for sharing :)

Kim Faltisco
Kim Faltisco 5pts

I put burdock tincture on a bandaid and cover it over night. Inflammation comes right down and within a few days the infection is gone.

Mary Moody
Mary Moody 5pts

Scrape a raw potato. Wrap with cloth. Gone over night.

Manu Hateli
Manu Hateli 5pts

At first sight I thought of someone's nipple \U0001f602\U0001f602

Mary Basilonia
Mary Basilonia 5pts

The best remedy without pain, look for the bud of hibiscus flower, poultice, pinch of salt and put in affected especially the opening portion, and you'll find it that it strained the affected area and pop up the pus and the hard things and it gone.

Larry Bishop
Larry Bishop 5pts

Take a piece of bread , put it under hot water , make a little dough ball, put it on the boil and hold it in place with a bandaid all day . The yeast will a hole in it and clean it out . It works

Ayurveda 5pts

Great! :) Paula Williams Thanks for sharing!!

Ayurveda 5pts

Jay Jankord Seems like a good substitute :) Thanks for sharing!

Jay Jankord
Jay Jankord 5pts

Instead of triple antibiotic, raw honey

Evelyn Hernández Villegas
Evelyn Hernández Villegas 5pts

Lol yeah I realized I do it like that in a clinical setting and have gotten so accustomed to it, this needs a fine print \U0001f609

Ayurveda 5pts

Thanks for sharing but careful!! Evelyn Hernández Villegas :)

Jboii Clark
Jboii Clark 5pts

Why did you share me into this?? I don't have no boil!

Paula Williams
Paula Williams 5pts

My granny always swore by bacon. I had a boil once when I was a kid and did everything the doctor said. It really didn't help. So my granny put a piece of raw bacon on it under dressing. The next day it was almost gone. Healed completely within days

Evelyn Hernández Villegas
Evelyn Hernández Villegas 5pts

Sterilize a needle, pop the head gently, squeeze with clean cotton tip applicators, wipe with hydrogen peroxide and add some triple antibiotic ointment.

Ayurveda 5pts

Thanks for sharing! MaheshKumar Dakulgi :)

Rumana Azhar
Rumana Azhar 5pts

Black seed oil is the best , it kills it.